Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group was announced winners of the Sir Peter Carr Partnership Award at an award ceremony in Leeds on Monday 11 November 2019.
The team, as part of an integrated care system approach together with Yeovil District Hospital and South West AHSN, built partnerships across acute and primary care with a focus on local nursing homes.
The overall aim of the CCG’s improvement project was to prevent avoidable hospital admissions and provide care at the place of a person’s choice. The project used RESTORE2 (Recognise Early Soft-Signs, Take Observations, Respond and Escalate) to encourage and implement the use of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) throughout the community to ensure
a common language across healthcare professionals, nursing
homes, GP primary care, out of hours and emergency services. This enables safe,
effective and timely patient care to be provided by the right person, in the
right place, at the right time.
The initiative has already shown a high level of success at an early stage with nursing homes that are already at the front of the curve in adopting this new innovation. If the initiative continues to be successful over the whole of Somerset it will have a very high impact in terms of improving patient safety, saving lives, enhancing patient experience, workforce competency and capacity, as well as improving clinical and financial efficiency.